Maria Neumann died Feb. 3, 2009. She was born Oct. 23, 1912 in Tiegenhagen, Ukraine to Johan and Maria Baese. The family immigrated to Canada in 1924. In 1927, they purchased a farm in Port Rowan, Ont. Maria accepted Christ in her youth, and was baptized at Port Rowan MB Church July 22, 1930. She married Peter Neumann Oct. 16, 1932. She loved being a mother, and was an active member of the sewing circle and a great hostess. She had a gentle spirit and love for children, evidenced in years of teaching Sunday school to preschoolers. Peter died in 1994. In her final years, she lived at Norview Lodge, making an impression on the staff with her attitude of gratitude. Predeceased by Peter, she is mourned by son Walter (Marjorie); 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 2 siblings. The service was Feb. 6.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.